The chorus of a song is most often the catchiest.
And most of the time, I’m willing to forgive a lame or poorly written verse if the chorus is super catchy and fun.
And in an age of short attentions spans, sometimes the right idea is to give the people what they want…and get straight to the chorus!
I’ve compiled a few song with hella short verses.
This is an oldie by Mama Cass (from the Mamas and the Papas). Lovely melody.
Nobody can tell ya
There’s only one song worth singing
They may try and sell ya
Cause it hangs them up to see someone like you
Four lines and then a chorus!
The next is “Waterloo”, which was of course a hit (mostly in Europe) before it was utilized in the jukebox musical Mamma Mia as well as the subsequent film adaptation.
My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
Such great melodies in ABBA‘s songs! Let me just say that I loved ABBA WAY before they even thought about putting a musical together….
Lastly, there’s that crazy band from Finland called Donkeyboy (bad name for a band, right?) that I’m kind of obsessed with. Their style a throwback to the 80’s, kind of like the new Goldfrapp album. This song (which was their second biggest hit) has an incredibly short verse.
Hey there people here I come
Step the side, Donkeyboys ain’t what you want
3 line verse! Is that a record??
All of these songs get into the chorus within 30 seconds of the start of the song!
What are some others?